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Tennis phenom ranked nationally

October 4, 2019


KAREN FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN
: REMEMBER, 12-YEAR-OLD KINLEY
VAN PELT HAS PLAYED TENNIS.>>THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT I
YOU COULD JUST SEE THAT SHE
WANTED TO BE ON THE COURT. BEFORE SHE COULD WALK, SHE WAS-
KARENBEFORE SHE COULD WALK, SHE
WAS: — KAREN: BEFORE SHE COULD
WALK, SHE WAS FASCINATED. NOW ITS A PASSION THAT DRIVES
HER TO COMMUTE FROM LAWRENCE
EVERY DAY TO TRAIN AT THE K-CUT
ACADEMY IN OVERLAND PARK.>>I LOVE GOING HERE, IT’S MY
FAVORITE PLACE TO BE. KAREN: SHE STARTED COMPETING
NATIONALLY MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. AND IS CURRENTLY RANKED NUMBER 5
FOR TWELVE-YEAR-OLDS. SHE IS NUMBER ONE IN THE
MISSOURI VALLEY.>>I DON’T REALLY FOCUS O
RANKINGS BECAUSE THAT DOESN’T
MATTER TO ME, I WORRY ABOUT
GETTING BETTER. KAREN RIGHT NOW, HER GAME IS
: SOLID. BUT ITS THAT EXTRA INGREDIENT
THAT MAKES HER SPECIAL.>>SHE’S FIESTY, SHE WANTS TO
WIN. HER COMPETITIVENESS HAS TAKEN
HER TO THE NEXT LEVEL. KAREN AND SHE HAS SACRIFICED TO
: GET THER
>>SHE’S MISSING, WHETHER ITS A
SCHOOL DANCE OR A SLEEPOVER WITH
SOME FRIENDS.>>BUT TO KINLEY, ITS ALL WORTH
IT. WORTH THE HOURS SHE PUTS IN
DAILY.>>MY HEART FOR TENNIS, THAT’S
THE BIG THING. JUST HOW MUCH I TRAIN, ITS HARD
— IT IS HARD. BUT I GO THROUGH IT. PROBABLY WHAT MAKES ME MOST
PROUD. KAREN AND THAT PRIDE RUNS
: THROUGH HER FAMILY. THEY HAVE SACRIFICED TOO. TAKING HER TO TOURNAMENTS AND
DRIVING BACK AND FORTH FROM
LAWRENCE EVERY D

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